16 Jul
Judge Esther Wiggins of Arlington Family Court

Judge Esther Wiggins of Arlington Family Court

None too soon….If you hear a collective sigh of relief among Arlington’s parents and children, there is good reason for it…

After years of complaints by parents and children to the folks in Richmond, Judge Esther Wiggins informed members of the delegation that she would not seek election by the General Assembly to a new six-year term in 2016.  

The county’s legislative delegation will work in tandem with the judicial-selection committee of the Arlington County Bar. The process “will begin soon,” said Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th), with members of the Arlington Bar having the chance to vote on the qualifications of prospective candidates.

“That process should be complete by the end of October or thereabouts,” Hope said. “Then, the Arlington and Falls Church delegation will conduct our own judicial interviews of the candidates.”

The delegation is likely to put forward a single candidate for consideration by the legislature.

Let Del. Hope know your views on this move and also possible replacements.  His email is: DelPHope@house.virginia.gov

We hope that her replacement will improve significantly the quality of the Arlington Family Courts.

Read more: Sun Gazette on Resignation of Judge Wiggins

Background: Arlington Gets Stuck With Antifamily Judge Esther Wiggins because of Richmond RepsArlington Family Court Judge Wiggins Under Fire at Reappointment Interview (CNN Report)